Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk arrives to attend a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
Justice out of balance
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Friday that the Cabinet's decision to abolish wanted lists – made up of individuals named by informant tip-offs – does not deprive security apparatuses of the power to draw new lists in closer coordination with the judicial authorities.The Cabinet decision to abolish the current lists, dating back to the period when Lebanon was under Syrian tutelage, was largely aimed at easing the grievances of Sunnis following a spate of arrests in the security clampdown on Tripoli.The minister explained that most of the scrapped lists, which included around 60,000 names, were inaccurate and unjustified.Asked how the Cabinet decision would translate on the ground, Saab said he expected a large majority of those featured on the lists to be released after being found innocent, while only those with solid evidence of incrimination will be retained by judicial order.Security agencies apprehended hundreds of suspects based on the lists, while few arrests were based on judiciary warrants.The lists first emerged during Syria's tutelage over Lebanon, when security agencies would collect information about individuals via informants.
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